Martin Del Vecchio’s Thomas Lannon Drone Video

For the past 15 years, every 5th-grader in the Gloucester Public Schools district has sailed Gloucester Harbor with captain Tom Ellis in his schooner the Thomas E. Lannon.

The students travel a century back in time to learn how Gloucestermen sailed, navigated, fished, and sang sea chanteys to entertain each other in the age of sail.

On September 18, 2014, the East Gloucester School 5th-graders had their turn to learn about their history.

You can learn more at

Hummingbird Fall Banquet

Crimson-eyed Rose mallow ©Kim Smith 2014Native Crimson-eyed Rose Mallow (Hibiscus moshuetos)

Fall Blooms for Tiny Travelers ~ just as we can create milkweed corridors in summer and aster corridors in autumn for the Monarchs, we can provide a nourishing banquet for the weary Ruby-throated Hummingbirds so that they may rest and refuel on their southward migration.

Lonicera John Clayton. ©Kim Smith 2010.Native Honeysuckle ~ Lonicera sempervirens ‘John Clayton’

Jewelweed ©Kim Smith 2014Native Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis)

Hibiscus ©Kim Smith 2014jpg copyHibiscus 

BREAKING NEWS: SAT 9/27 Melanie Concert Cancelled @ Shalin Liu

This just in from Karen Herlitz at Rockport Music


September 25, 2014— Due to unexpected health issues, Melanie has needed to cancel her concert on Saturday, September 27 at the Shalin Liu Performance Center.  A re-scheduled date will be announced in the next few weeks.

Ticketholders are being notified and provided options to exchange or refund tickets.  For more details, please contact the Rockport Music Box Office at 978.546.7391.

So Pete Mondello Is Rebuilding His Trawl Table and…

So Pete is rebuilding his trawl table on the back of the F/V Allison Carol and I coulda sworn he had just rebuilt it last year.  I’m thinking to myself jeeze, that didn’t last long.

So I say “Pete, didn’t you just rebuild that last year?  Two years ago tops?”

His reply, “Nah, that was three years ago.”

Well guess what?  Not only wasn’t it longer than one two or three years ago, it was 6 frickin years ago!

6 Years ago-

Where the heck is the time going?????



If you’re gonna get a pet…

I’m not an animal person.  If you’ve been following the blog for any amount of time know this about me.  Even the cutest of dogs I see as a giant PITA whose only goal is to shed and be stinky and make it so you can’t go away because the dog has to be let out all the time or it’s gonna shit itself inside your house.  All the power to the dog people that wanna deal with that noise but for me if I was forced (gun at head) to get a pet it would be one of these Bearded Dragons.  Entertainment for hours.  I’d just stock the pantry with crickets and watch this Gladiator of death just work its way through dozens of tasty crickets. Now that’s a pet worth having.


I’m feeling a little down and out as the 2014 Red Sox season comes to an all-too-early-end this coming weekend.  I find myself reminiscing back to Opening Day and the giddiness that comes with new possibilities, green grass, crisp white uniforms, cold beer, Sweet Caroline, the boys of summer, and magical nights inside the hallowed grounds of the one and only Fenway Park.

Opening Days, especially those that involve a ring ceremony, always give me the chills.  I can’t get enough of the sound of the crowd, the vivid colors that blend together to paint a portrait like none other, and the goosebumps. I’ve been fortunate to breathe in the awesomeness of Opening Days from the field.  To look up and around….to pan the crowd…and see it in almost slow motion.   It may come as no surprise that I may possibly be the world’s biggest sap, but Opening Day gets to me in a way that I have trouble putting into words.  So, it isn’t supposed to end this way. The years with no post season play feel like a year without Christmas, July 4th, beach days, and grapefruit beer.  The horror.

For me, it isn’t just the baseball.  The post season is about the camaraderie that is palpable while ordering your morning coffee after a late night win, while coexisting with strangers during mundane errands prior to rushing home for the first pitch, or while cheering on the Sox at a local bar.  Never mind the 9 inning marriage of 37,400 fans cheering on the team inside the park!  It is impossible to not feel like all of Red Sox Nation are immediate best friends come late September and October….if, that is, we’ve made it.  Which, of course, we haven’t.

With no wild card run, American League Divisional Series, American League Championship Series….and, sigh, no World Series….I’m feeling like I’ve just arrived to a luxurious beach vacation and the weather forecast is calling for 7 straight days of torrential rain.  And that, my friends, may be an understatement.

Sure, we’ll fill these fall days with plenty of fun…but, something will be missing for sure.

















Uhm Hellooo Kim Smith. Read It And weep- The Men Of America Have Spoken

I believe I had this back in 2012 when they started to try to bring the look back-

Just Say No To Mom Jeans

Posted on May 10, 2012 by Joey C

And Now the Proof Is In The Pudding.   The Men of America Have Spoken, the full article really sums it up and is worth the click-

What Guys Really Think About Your High-Waisted Shorts

If you’ve been to a music festival/outdoor concert recently, you have 100% been exposed to the trend/epidemic sweeping the female nation: High-waisted jorts. Girls of all ages, body types, booty types, and textual orientations have been rocking these denim doozies with crop tops, fake flower crowns, and leather boots in 3,000-degree weather because fashion.
Read the entire article here

“Very rarely have I seen a girl in high-waisted shorts and been into it at all. For the most part, I think they make girls look like misshapen science experiments that’d you find in Sid from Toy Story’s bedroom. But hey, if they make you feel pretty, keep on wearing those diaper shorts.
-Aaron, 25

“They’re the absolute worst. It’s like a girl is trying too hard to be trendy in those. It looks like she decided to keep pulling up her shorts just because. I’d immediately try to rip those off of my girlfriend if she was wearing them. Not in the ‘oh rip these off and do me’ way. Like ‘seriously, take those f*cking shorts off.’”
-Andy, 31

Lamp Post Drunk

LampostDrunk4814wmWe’ve all been amused by the lawn ornament of the well dressed gentleman who had a little too much fun. Today, the humorous image is used to illustrate “the streetlight effect” in statistics and philosophy, a type of observational bias where people only look for whatever they are searching by looking where it is easiest.
The story goes: A policeman sees a drunk man searching for something under a streetlight and asks what the drunk has lost. He says he lost his keys and they both look under the streetlight together. After a few minutes the policeman asks if he is sure he lost them here, and the drunk replies, no, that he lost them in the park. The policeman asks why he is searching here, and the drunk replies, “this is where the light is.”

So the Gauntlet Of Gross Has Been Thrown Down–Eating A Beating Striper Heart


So this youngster aboard the Connemara Bay thinks he can out gross the master- Toby Burnham?

How will Toby respond to such disrespect for the gross out game that this youngster has shown?  Has the elder statesman of gross not earned a little more respect than to be called out in a 11 second YouTube video? Stay tuned for Toby’s response.

From the website of Connemara Bay Fishing Charters

How to: Eat a beating striper heart

It is not the first time and probably will not be the last time we see an angler kick back a striper heart like a shot of whiskey.

Dana Wensberg was sure to get all the taste from this one as he chewed before swallowing. He also called out a local lobsterman, Toby Burnham, who frequently entertains tourists by biting the heads off of rotten herring

This back from 2009 when the youngster was probably still wearing diapers.

Thursday September 25th , 2014 Cape Ann Weather..

Marine Forecast :
Thu E winds 5 to 10 kt. Gusts up to 20 kt in the afternoon. Seas around 2 ft. A chance of rain. Vsby 1 to 3 nm.
Thu Night NE winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 25 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft. Patchy fog. A chance of rain. Vsby 1 to 3 nm.

As far as weather ending in Jan of 2015 I just got frustrated with the hate mail , but I’ve come to my senses that I love doing the weather for Cape Ann ! And I will be going no where . The weather will continue 🙂 … No worries … Lov ya all ! And thanks so much for all your support ….

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Zentagle and Attack of the Cucuzza!

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GMG FOB Renate Paster-Pusch writes the following ~

“It was so nice to talk to you at the Block Party. As I said, I enjoy your contributions to the GMG blog so much and we listen to the podcast, when we are going on drives. We have not listened to the latest podcast, but will be able to hopefully later today

As promised, I am sending you the picture of Werner being attacked by the snake gourds, that Joey put on the blog 2 (?) years ago. I am also attaching a picture of what I am doing with the dried gourds. I am using Zentangle patterns. I am a certified Zentangle Teacher and am teaching these patterns. You can find out more about zentangle (if you are interested) at I would be glad to give you a complimentary lesson, but I know that you are extremely busy and might not have the time, but it is a great stress reliever and is also called “Yoga of the brain”.

Hope you enjoy the pictures and keep up the good work!”

Thank you Renate for your very kind words and for the offer to learn Zentagle. Your hand painted cucuzza is stunning and reminds me of aboriginal art for didgeridoos. So glad to know you are enjoying the podcasts and Love the photo of Werner!